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Panic in the Parlor (1956)

Sailor Beware (original title)
Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man... See full summary »

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Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man Carnoustie stay with the Hornetts on the eve of the wedding, though Emma makes sure the stag night is a brief one. Next day Albert fails to show up for the wedding. He eventually turns up at the house and confides in the vicar that if family life is anything like the Hornetts he wants no part of it. When the Hornetts are told this Emma declares that she sees that has been a "very wicked woman" and will mend her ways but, as the young couple eventually marry and move into their own house , one wonders how long her change of heart will last. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Michael Caine's first movie. See more »

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Henry Hornett: If you find that ferret, you might let me have it back...
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Version of Seemann, gib Obacht! (1985) See more »

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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British Farce Redolent of Mid-Fifties Attitudes Towards the Family
11 December 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Based on a hit play of the mid-1950s, SAILOR BEWARE contains a barnstorming performance by Peggy Mount as the dominant mother Emma Hornett. The plot is straightforward: Emma's daughter Shirley (Shirley Eaton) is about to marry sailor Albert (Ronald Lewis), but Albert gets cold feet on the wedding-day. He is only persuaded to agree to the marriage by the vicar Purefoy (Geoffrey Keen). The film is redolent of mid-Fifties attitudes towards marriage and the family, where women stayed at home and looked after their husbands, while the men's sole responsibility was to bring home the wages and ensure there was sufficient finances for the family to survive. Produced by Jack Clayton

  • who was later to become the director of classics such as ROOM AT THE
TOP and THE INNOCENTS - SAILOR BEWARE contains a positive gallery of character cameos, from Esma Cannon as Emma's put-upon sister-in-law, Gordon Jackson as a nervous and sexually naive sailor, Thora Hird as a nosy neighbor, Alfie Bass as an organist more concerned with sneaking a crafty drag at a cigarette, and Cyril Smith as Emma's put-upon husband.


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